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  • Writer's pictureJesse Forrest

And so, we begin.

Every crazy story has to start somewhere, right? They all have a beginning so I guess the best way to

start is there. At the beginning.

You're on a pretty amazing journey and I won't bore you with the trauma (there is a plethora!) but suffice it to say that I've been through the ringer as far as 41 year olds go. Looking back on the bumpy ride it's been is enough to give a person a bad case of whip-lash. That hurts - and frankly, I don't want to look back there anymore. I'm sure we will visit good ol' memory lane plenty of times in this journey we are on together.

So here we are. Voice over. It's a weird choice from the outside observer to choose voiceover - especially for someone like me who has spent the majority of my adult life working in so

me form of the Healthcare field (so awful.) And here -our first stop on memory lane.

For 16 years, I have worked for a hospital group doing administrative tasks. I was the one building spreadsheets and ordering office supplies and fixing all of the problems that would arise for a variety of departments. I was happy there. I certainly wouldn't say I was thriving, but I was content. The work was doable, the pay was decent and the benefits were stellar but, and this is incredible to think about, there is something so awful about working in healthcare during a global pandemic that really takes the joy out of getting up in the morning. Can't put my finger on it... maybe it was watching my colleagues die? Maybe it was watching the organization turn away as my colleagues were dying? I dunno but it's super weird. I just don't have the passion for it anymore.

So, I'm sure you're asking - why now? Why voice acting? Seems like a weird choice, Jess!

It's not really that weird, I as

sure you. You see, since I was very small I loved telling stories. My imagination is pretty

incredible and I used it often to put smiles on the faces of those around me. I was a natural entertainer and, like many others, fell into the "you need to get a real job" trap that is adulting. Sucks, don't it? But after watching my husband live his passion and find so much joy in his work, I wondered why I wasn't doing the same thing. I clearly had the chops for performance, so why on earth was I not doing it? Fear? Fear is a powerful motivator...

If I had a nickel for every time someone told me I was too creative to be in healthcare, I would have a whole lotta nickels.

So this is my journey - one from the monotony and hum-drumery of Healthcare Administration to a lifelong passion. Make way, y'all!

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CBC Hawkins
CBC Hawkins
26 abr 2023

Good for you. I'm sad you had to go through the hard times, but I believe everything happens for a reason and others die so we can live. Keep going, you have a beautiful voice and as a Audible subscriber for the past 9-year trust me you are exactly what the industry is looking for. I suggest reaching out to Amazon authors and direct them here. Good Luck

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